As Android has grown, Samsung steadily grown with it to finally dominate it. Samsung is by far the most popular Android phone maker. This success is entirely built on Samsung’s Galaxy brand which has encompassed over 50 separate devices, counting all the smartphone variants, phablets, and tablets released so far. Samsung tried to reach all segments of the market with a wide variety of products.
When the Samsung i7500, also known as the Samsung Galaxy was released in June 2009, it marked Samsung’s entry into the Android smartphone market. Fast forward to the present day and Samsung is riding high as excitement builds of the release of its newest flagship, the Galaxy S7, which is expected to be the next in line for the Android throne.
The S stands for success
Throughout Samsung’s competition on the smartphone market, the company has always been careful to distinguish its flagship line with the letter S.
The original Samsung Galaxy S was released in the summer of 2010 and it has sold over 24 million units worldwide. As a high-end, premium Android smartphone, it packed a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch display, and a 5-megapixel camera which clearly represented the high-end of its age.
A few budget Galaxy spin-offs aimed at various markets around the world came next, and the year ended with a bang as the pure Android Nexus S, co-developed with Google, launched in time for Christmas, but in 2011 Samsung was to enjoy even greater success.
It was the Galaxy S2 that was to secure Samsung’s place at the top of the Android food chain. Slim, powerful, and an instant get, the S2 launched in more than 120 countries in the summer of 2011.
With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch display, and an 8-megapixel camera the S2 outperformed the competitiony and it was widely confirmed as the best Android phone on the market, with some reviewers going further and calling it the best smartphone on the market. Samsung has sold more than 40 million S2 handsets since release.
The Galaxy S3 boasted a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (1.5 GHz dual-core in some markets), 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 4.8-inch display with a 720p resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera. It proved to be the fastest-selling Android smartphone as of that time and Samsung has sold over 40 million S3 handsets in 145 countries so far, meaning it’s selling at roughly double the rate of the S2.
Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S4, which was expected to outsell its predecessors, shares a lot with the other top smartphones of its era. Both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the HTC One have screens that use the same resolution, but neither of them have the still impressive clout of the Super AMOLED HD screen on offer here. On top of that, it packs in a much faster processor than its 2013 contemporaries, offers ample storage space for media thanks to an expandable memory card slot (something missing from Samsung’s latest phones), and 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and pretty much any other connection you care to mention on board.
As you would expect from the next flagship in the row, the Galaxy S5 has great high-end specs. Like competitors, the handset has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which is quad-core but clocked a little higher at 2.5GHz. This is reinforced by 2GB of RAM, but more and more devices come with higher memory capacity. This is now the point where flagship smartphones offer excellent performance – it almost goes without saying. They are all running of powerful and efficient processors so we were not surprised to find the Galaxy S5 so snappy in day-to- day performance.
Samsung launched its 2015 flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015. The S6 closely follows the design of the Galaxy Alpha, leaving behind the all-plastic design of previous models in the S series by replacing it with a metal chassis instead. The company also announced the Galaxy S6 Edge with curved edges to its screen, based on the Galaxy Note Edge phablet.
The long-awaited Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have finally arrived — and they’re everything we hoped they would be. Announced at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Samsung has again released two variants of the S7 — both similar at the core, but with a few subtle differences. Last year’s Samsung offering was a big one with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and this time around Samsung has made its 2016 phones even better than ever before.
Tablets and hybrids
When it comes to tablets, the range includes releases at various sizes from the 7-inch display of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 through 7.7 and 8.9 to 10.1. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is its biggest and best tablet so far and it combines the S-Pen from the smaller Note models with a large form factor traditional tablet. None of these tablets have come to rival the iPad, or even Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which remains the most popular Android tablet.